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Racing Section / Its the oddball one this weekend Pikes Peak
« on: June 23, 2018, 08:33:02 am »
Having been to Pikes Peak a few years ago, I still love the race (despite it being all tar now) flat out from the start at 1,440m up to 4,300m at the finish, all in 20km.  8)


General Bike Related Banter / RIP Alan Kempster a big Man.
« on: April 21, 2018, 07:54:12 am »
When you race with the name "Half Man" you have got balls. respect Sir


General Bike Related Banter / RIP Ivan Mauger
« on: April 16, 2018, 07:44:49 am »
I believe an absolute legend Ivan Mauger died today, at a ripe old age. Multiple speedway and long track World Champion, a real old school racing hero R.I.P Ivan.  8)

BMW 1100/1150/ADV / Throttle Body kits needed?
« on: March 22, 2018, 07:29:01 am »
This is more a discussion point for some of the more knowledgeable out there, than an attempt to disss the very good kits from Dan Cata etc.

Basically, when I did my throttle bodies, I noted minimal wear on the spindles, so I just wondered if anyone had tried just replacing the bushes (which would be seriously cheaper) and with what results?

 :biggrin: :sip:

General Bike Related Banter / Witkoppen closed, 01 February 2018
« on: February 01, 2018, 08:24:32 am »
Just a heads up, Witkoppen will be closed for a couple of hours today, for the Wreath laying for the two Female Traffic Officers killed the other night by a drunk driver, it should cause chaos. 

Garage, Projects & Restorations / Thread repairs
« on: January 26, 2018, 01:15:30 pm »
Through a forum member, Climbing Turtle, I was directed to a guy on the East Rand to fix my damaged gearbox filler plug thread, nice guy reasonably priced, will travel but I assume you then pay. I can recommend him if anyone needs I will PM his number.  :thumleft:

BMW 1100/1150/ADV / Brake Line Safety Heads Up.
« on: January 25, 2018, 09:12:46 am »
I saw someone elsewhere asking about getting braided brake lines as they had one fail.

This is more a GS issue than GSA from memory.

Anyone still running the original OEM rubber brake hoses, should get them changed!

The newest bikes are approaching 15 years old, the hoses have I heard a life of around 5 YEARS!

The hoses can "balloon" and burst causing a total loss of braking, or the inner crumbles and blocks it internally, no braking or brakes don't release properly.

Unfortunately, the hoses are not common, they changed almost each year and sometimes mid year. Your best bet is to remove your lines and take them as samples to your local shop such as Eden Machine Hydraulics and you should use new crush washers to refit them.  8)


BMW 1100/1150/ADV / Ripping out the box....
« on: December 02, 2017, 12:30:53 pm »
Disappointing, but the box on the GSV has taken to jumping out of 5th, so I am going to pull the box since I have time on my hands.

And since my time frames to do jobs are suspect, I will document it a bit... 

12:20 Saturday 8) Fark its taken me 10 mins to load this.... ::)

General Bike Related Banter / Diesel Spill Hartbeesport
« on: November 29, 2017, 01:16:32 pm »
I had a "lucky" morning today in my view, without wanting to over dramatise. :o

I decided to take the GSV out, so at about 08:30 I headed past Lanseria towards Harties, after Broederstroom I headed toward Pecanwood and got passed by a Tow Truck Vulture, about 3 km before Pecanwood I see activity in the road and slow down as people are directing traffic in the road.

A Hyundai Tucson and a Renault Clio had basically had a head-on collision on a very mild corner in good conditions, the Clio was on the right hand verge and the Tucson on the left verge so about 2/3 of the road was open but debris everywhere and both cars badly farked up. Emergency services were there it didnt look good. :'(

On the left verge beyond the accident a truck was parked up on the side of the road.

So the farmers directing traffic were letting the oncoming traffic go, I could easily fit through without being inconsiderate so I slowly rode through on the left side of the road.

As I got by the truck, I touched the throttle and the rear wheel just spun up and I almost went down twice!  :o

I don't believe that given the location of the two vehicles, that this could have been from the accident, in my view the truck must have lost its diesel and I guess the Clio lost it mid corner straight into the Tucson.

Whilst I felt sorry for the other people (I suspect fatalities are likely), I selfishly thought what if I had hit that spill mid corner at over 100km/h it would not have been pretty.  :eek7:

My guardian angel was flying this morning.  8)


Garage, Projects & Restorations / Dremel service
« on: November 27, 2017, 11:38:27 am »
I guess this may be the right section for the question, my Dremel is farting and spluttering but otherwise good, I see they are supported by Bosch, any recommended service centre? I can strip it but prefer an authorised place.  ::)

BMW 1100/1150/ADV / Spares for Sale R1150GS
« on: November 19, 2017, 07:21:12 am »
I am assisting Murdoch in disposing of the balance of his parts from the accident.

1. 1150 final drive, recently rebuilt by Northside BMW.

2. Bosch alternator, good working condition.

PM me if interested.  :thumleft:

Garage, Projects & Restorations / Fork stanchion straightening
« on: November 06, 2017, 08:26:31 am »
Morning all, I have a fork stanchion with about 2mm runout, anyone know where I can get it straightened? :biggrin:

BMW 1100/1150/ADV / Silencer to frame bolt
« on: November 05, 2017, 12:55:33 pm »
If you studied gynecology you are qualified to put a helicoil in the frame silencer bracket of the R1150, 15 pics of a nut is a bit pointless so I didn't bother with pics of it, gynecologists don't either :snorting:.

Some time in the past the thread must have been "tweaked" so it loosens easily, on two off road trips (including SANI where the PEEG fell off the mountain) the bolt had got lost so the silencer only hanging from the Y piece  ::) big cable ties gets you home (courtesy of Gordon Guthrie who helped me at Sani Top)  :thumleft:

But it needs a fix the thread is too loose and it will keep on happening, so the Turtle sold me an M8 Helicoil kit, very reasonable :thumleft:

So exhaust off, cannot get my big Bosch drill in its too big, pull the bottom shock bolt, same story the drill goes in but wrong angle, borrow a smaller drill and all done in 5 minutes.  8)

Now to tap it, working from the blind side  ::) as I have no stupid tiny square drives to do it from a long range, so the tap wrench is too big to turn in the space, little turn forward, back a turn forward a bit back a turn, it must have taken me an hour to tap a single 8mm thread 10mm deep.  :eek7:

Degrease it with Benzine, put Loctite on the Helicoil, fit and let it set, Exhaust on and it holds full torque no issues, I think its sorted but I will leave a BIG cable tie on for luck until I am sure.  :biggrin: 

Morning all, I have got friends arriving in 2 weeks and they have asked me for some updates on Botswana?

Firstly I think it always helps if you know the type of people you are dealing with, they are German, Uli was the previous owner of the GSV and worked with me here for many years, he has also worked in the middle east and more recently at Tsumeb in Namibia. He has also ridden his R1200GS (with alloy wheels) Cairo to Cape town, so they know the basic conditions and are not looking for a five star package deal. :biggrin:

1. What is the condition of the road from Francistown to Nata?
2. What is the condition of the road from Nata to Maun, do they need a 4 x 4?
3. Any suggestions for accommodation at Maun?
4. Do they need a 4X4 to travel from Maun across to Windhoek?
5. How is the southern route towards the Kalahari Gemsbok park roadwise?

Before someone suggests it I did PM Sardine, but no response? :biggrin:

BMW 1100/1150/ADV / Spokes
« on: October 15, 2017, 06:19:29 am »
I had a request for help yesterday, a pig owner had an issue with a few loose spokes in his front wheel and didn't want to ride it like that.

So for your info, this was the process....

With the bike on the centre stand start at a known point like the valve and ping each spoke on one side, if it goes thunk not ping, mark it with a piece of insulation tape, repeat on the other side so you have all the thunking spokes marked. :biggrin:

In the middle of each nipple on the hub is a locking grub screw, if it doesn't loosen (its fiddly in place), unscrew the whole nipple its a T40 Torx and soak it on the bench, its much easier than in situ.

I then just refit and tighten until it doesn't do the thunk, manual says about 3Nm from memory, then nip up the grubscrew and remove your marker tape and move on to the next spoke.  :thumleft:

I don't go mad and tighten all spokes, that is looking for kark.  8)

And in the interim Raka had arrived, so Steph left on his pig to go to breakfast and Raka and myself went down to RAD (1km away) for Joey Evans's book launch and bumped into Kurt aka Adventurer and the Rhino, and from there to the Old Rose in Petervale for a great "breakfast" and a few beers, a pleasant morning. :sip:

General Bike Related Banter / Top Fuel Drag Bikes
« on: October 14, 2017, 07:18:47 am »
I had lost touch with how crazy these fockers are, Larry "Spider-Man" McBride new record, 255mph in the 1/4 mile.. :eek7: :eek7:


BMW 1100/1150/ADV / R1150GS Workshop Manual.
« on: August 29, 2017, 02:46:31 pm »
I believe this link gives the old BM Workshop manual.  8)


Husqvarna / WR250 2006 issues?
« on: August 17, 2017, 12:57:39 pm »
I am just toying with the idea of a ring a ding and have a good condition WR250 available, it's a 2006 but in good condition not used hard, any big issues? Any idea of value?

Husqvarna / Hard Kits
« on: July 29, 2017, 07:49:30 am »
Looks nice but in Aus $  :'(

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